Trust internet news bottom feeders Fairfax Online to bring us the story about Jennifer Love Hewitt’s bum. There’s a good analysis of all this at Feministe, where Lauren rightly praises Love Hewitt for taking aim at her critics, and defending the right of all women to wear bikinis even if their size and shape doesn’t fit the costume for the media machine and the male gaze beauty police. The SMH story observes:
Several sites posted the shots, along with some less-than-complimentary comments.
And that’s putting it rather mildly. Bloody abusive comments, I’d say. But what’s even worse, and what’s encouraged by the way the celebrity merchants in the press report this story, is the comments from readers. Poor old Love Hewitt just can’t win – take this response at a blog on the SF Gate website:
Just admit it. You are upset about your own butt and not the butts of millions of insecure girls without a television program and money for specially tailored dresses.
And that’s not unrepresentative, and there’s a hell of a lot worse out there on the intertubes. Here, for the record, is Love Hewitt’s response:
To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini — put it on and stay strong.
Amen to that.
I reckon she looks perfectly healthy, and gorgeous. Like the swimsuit, too! 😉